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Prince Alberts Revenge09 Jul 2004 8:02 a.m. PST

I am interested in these rules, but don't know alot about them. How are the mechanics? What are ideal size of forces for them? Are figures given indivudual stats? Would it be good for Arthurian period? Where can I get them? Thanks!

Yo Jimbo09 Jul 2004 8:35 a.m. PST

They are available from ""
Easiest way to find them is to search Pig Wars.

I don't remember all the details, but it uses a deck of playing cards to resolve combat. (This, each player will need a deck of cards.) Figures are given a quality rating from 0-3 & you use WYSIWYG to determine what other modifiers apply. You & opponent draw cards add modifiers & compare results, high score wins. However, you must beat your opponent's results by a certain threshold in order to inflict a wound. The threshold depends on how well armored his figure is represented.

I've found it most enjoyable as a skirmish game with no player having more than 20 figures (I think it even mentions this in the rules.) Obviously, the more players, the slower the game will be.

IIRC it's intended for the age of chainmail, so if by Arthurian, you mean Late Romans, it should work OK, though I think you'll need to work out your "army lists" yourself.

Hope that helped.


coopman09 Jul 2004 9:24 a.m. PST

See the discussion group at

Historicalgamer09 Jul 2004 9:48 a.m. PST

Our club played the rules just last night. We did Hastings twice in 2 1/2 hours. Had a blast as usual. You should try them.

Mark Wals09 Jul 2004 11:23 a.m. PST

My friend and I had a game yesterday. Normans and Vikings clashing over the spoils of a saxon town. My impression is the more multi-faceted player objectives the better. We each controlled 20-25 figures which was plenty. A small party of townsmen hunting in a woods near the table edge forced a morale check in which I drew a two resulting in half my force routing of the table! It was still a close game though.

Splintered Light Miniatures Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Jul 2004 2:03 p.m. PST

I love Pig Wars and would highly recommend it. I have Arthurians (Romano-British) and it works great with them. Lots of ability to make fun and creative scenarios. The guys I game with and I usually have more than 20 figures but it works great with 20 or 60 figures. I also have enjoyed it with Vikings, Saxons, and Normans.

KSmyth09 Jul 2004 3:02 p.m. PST

The yahoogroup, mentioned by Coopman--Pig Warriors--also has rules for the later middle ages, if you are interested in visting that period.


Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2004 3:14 p.m. PST

I just got out of King Arthur and I may have to pick this set up again. I guess the only reason I haven't got into it is that animals count as victory points - chickens, oxen, sheep and I never had any painted up.

The game I want to do most are village raids and without the loot I never got started.

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